Chocri Chocolate

A month or so ago I was the lucky winner of the Foodie Blogroll Chocri chocolate giveaway, meaning I received a $40 coupon for the chocolate of my choice from Chocri.  My chocolate bars have finally arrived!

Chocri is a German based chocolate company that recently introduced itself in the U.S. during January of this year.  You may be thinking, another chocolate company…don’t we already have enough of those in the U.S.?  Or maybe that thought never crossed your mind, particularly if you’re a chocolate lover like me…I don’t know if there could ever be enough chocolate bureaus in my mind.  Nonetheless, this isn’t just any chocolate company.  Chocri’s chocolate bars are no pre-made Nestle’s Baby Ruths, or Hershey’s Milk Chocolate bars, or Cadbury’s dark chocolate Bournville bars.  They’re not even quite comparable to Lindt’s dark chocolate Cherry & Chili bars or their chocolate mousse-filled bars.  (Hungry for chocolate yet?  Just wait…)

Chocri’s chocolate bars are entirely custom-made, allowing the customer to choose from over 100 toppings.  This enables chocolate lovers to create the ultimate, perfect, supreme chocolate bar of their dreams.

Here’s how it works.  First, you pick your base:  White, milk, or dark chocolate.  (All chocolate is organic and fair trade.)  Then, you choose from a variety of toppings placed in the following categories:  Nuts, Fruit, Spices, Confections, Decor, or Grains.

So if you’re a nutty person, maybe you’ll go with the “classic” roasted almonds or hazelnut brittle.  Or maybe you’ll step out on the limb and opt for wasabi peanuts, cashews with cheese-coated curry, or pinenuts.  Then, if you’re looking to get down with some fruit, you can move on to the fruit section and choose from the wonderful selection that includes oh-so-delicious sounding blueberries, strawberries, or pear.  If you’re looking to get a little more fruity, why not go for the goji berries, papaya cubes, or fig bits?  Then you can browse your way over to the spices section, and choose from fennel to ginger to coriander to chives, and every spice in between.  Then be sure to make your way to the confections section, and maybe add some toffee, or peanut butter, caramel, lemon, orange or honey drops, or how about some Colorful Chocolate Dragees (whatever the heck those are…they’ll look pretty regardless)?  Next stop- the grains section.  Choose from organic salt pretzels, corn flakes, or organic sesame seeds.  Trying to make a little healthy dark chocolate concoction?  Why not add some organic flax seeds or organic mint leaves or spelt flakes.  Or maybe you want to be the “unique” one, so you’ll choose the candied lilac or organic chamomile.  Complete your journey at the decor station, making sure to dress your chocolate bar up in its best attire.  Choose from silver pearls, marzipan roses, real golden flakes, and a variety of other sumptuous affair.

The only downside of such an array of extravagant toppings is deciding which ones to choose!  Only 5 toppings per bar are permitted, but I’m not sure if any more would be a good idea anyways.  It’s hard not to get lost in all the toppings, and you wouldn’t want to end up with a bar containing an overly abnormal combination such as cappuccino chocolate drops mixed with basil…unless you’re really trying to go for that “unique” appeal.  Although who knows, maybe you’ll be the one to discover the next breakthrough chocolate combination for all the other pre-made chocolate bar companies to capitalize on.

Anyways, these are the bars I chose to spend my $40 on.  I’m a dark chocolate gal, so that’s what I stuck with.  I tried to choose topics that were different, but also got hooked by a few of the rather classic toppings.

The Classic with a Twist:  Dark chocolate with Ground Chili, Sea Salt, and Roasted Peanuts.

The peanuts have that timeless crunchy brittle outside, and the chili gives this bar a nice red touch.  I would’ve preferred the chili to be a bit more on the spicy side so that the flavor would stand out a little more, but this bar proves to be tasty nonetheless.  If you’ve never tried sea salt with chocolate, I definitely recommend it!

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The Simple but Enticing:  Dark Chocolate with Honey Chocolate Drops and Pine Nuts

The honey drops really surprised me with this one.  I expected the mini Hershey Kiss-like drops to be filled with honey, but instead they are solid milk chocolate.  However, the honey flavor that they provide is profuse.  And the honey doesn’t taste like some fake flavoring.  It tastes surprisingly real, like those little honey sticks you get as a kid.  The pine nuts added a nice subtle touch, although

I think toasting them might have helped enhance their flavor and become more of the star of this bar.

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The Grown-up Kiddie Bar
:  Dark Chocolate with Hazelnut Brittle and Caramel Chocolate Drops

The hazelnut brittle added a touch of crunchy sweetness, while the caramel gave the chocolate bar a classic feel.  This was the sweetest of the combination.  Once again, the chocolate drops weren’t filled with caramel, which I think I would have preferred, but regardless, I enjoyed this bar.

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The All Night Love Potion:  Dark Chocolate with Blueberries, Plum Bits, and Spicy Volcano Cashews

I love pairing blueberries with dark chocolate, so this bar did not disappoint.  The “spicy volcano cashews” added a salty, spicy element that paired perfectly with the sweetness of the blueberries and plum bits and the slight bitterness of the dark chocolate.  This was a bar that pleased all the taste buds in my mouth.

The dark chocolate in these bars was rather delicious.  Although for my taste it could have been a tad on the darker side, it has an exceptional creaminess and depth.

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I couldn’t think of a better idea for a chocolate company.  And get this, the founders, Micha and Franz, are still in college!  Chocri was established online September 1, 2008, after Franz, in search for a present for his girlfriend, decided to decorate a chocolate bar with his girlfriend’s favorite toppings.  So, the first Chocri turned out to be a white chocolate bar with gummy bears, dried nuts, and fruit.  From there, Micha and Franz took the idea to a large-scale level, and have thus created Chocri, which is now established in Germany and the U.S., and soon to be in the UK.

All I can say is I’m happy I was introduced to Chocri’s make-your-own, organic, fair-trade chocolate and will most likely be returning to their website…but hopefully not in the too near future.  I’m hoping I can make 4 chocolate bars last longer than a few weeks!


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    healthygradstudent
    April 6, 2010 at 7:49 am

    Wow, all of those sound amazing. I haven’t been able to track one down yet but Lindt makes a bar with sea salt in it: http://www.lindtusa.com/product-exec/product_id/353/category_id/5/nm/A_Touch_of_Sea_Salt_Bar

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    Simply Life
    April 6, 2010 at 8:22 am

    Oh I´ve never heard of this chocolate – great review!

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    kbwood
    April 6, 2010 at 9:07 am

    WOW girl these sound AWEESOME! ive never had SPICE in my chocolate but i bet its a great kick!!

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    Balanced runner
    April 6, 2010 at 9:29 am

    Your choices sound wonderful. I used to eat dark kimchi chocolate when I lived in South Korea. It was amazing.

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    Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    April 6, 2010 at 10:16 am

    Oh this is just wrong. It’s only 11 a.m. and I already have a major chocolate craving. Seriously though, these sound intense in a really, really good way. I’m going to try to restrain myself from creating 20 different types of chocolate bars, but I can’t be sure I’ll succeed. They all sound so good.

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    Melinda
    April 6, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    Oh they look so good. You reminded me too that I won a bar like that and I had it shipped to my mom’s where I am staying and so I am hoping it gets here before I head back overseas. Enjoy your bars.

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    Lily @ Lily's Health Pad
    April 6, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    I need these…now! I want the Simple but Enticing bar…yum!

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    Jenna @ Healthy. Happy. Well.
    April 6, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    Those look to die for! Lucky! Especially the ones on the far right!

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    merylvdm
    April 6, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    I am glad I had just finished an imported Crunchie bar when I read this, or I would have had a serious craving. Of course, now I will be on the look out for these … I guess googling Chocri will find it for us.

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    marla {family fresh cooking}
    April 6, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    What a fun post! I cannot believe the creators of this amazing company are in college. What a playful and unique way to enjoy chocolate. I love all the customization & that it is fair trade, organic chocolate. You scored with this win!! Nice combos.

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    Marina
    April 7, 2010 at 8:42 am

    This chocolate sounds so amazing, I don’t know which one would I try first!

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    Kady @ Livin, Lovin, Learnin
    April 7, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    This might be one of the best ideas ever! I’ll have to keep it in mind for gifts. And now I’m going to spend all day making up endless combinations…

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    The Candid RD
    April 8, 2010 at 6:40 am

    This is such a great concept, create your own chocolate treat! Who wouldn’t want this?? I want to try those spicy volcano cashews in my chocolate! That sounds fantastic.

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    Kristin
    April 8, 2010 at 11:19 am

    I have ordered from Chocri twice now, once as a gift and once as a treat for me. The bars are excellent and the toppings are very high quality. So far my favorite has been a milk chocolate bar with nougat and corn flakes; boring but it is much higher quality than any of the mass produced chocolate. My husband was just asking when was the next order coming. 🙂

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    Teniah
    April 11, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    Wow….you are definitely a chocolate expert! These look/sound so amazing!!!! Such a cool company, and a neat story behind it’s start!! Great blog.

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    Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen
    April 15, 2010 at 9:48 am

    You chose some great combinations! I am glad you enjoyed your chocolate bars! 🙂

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